It's no surprise I am a platform thinking person. My experiences have been shaped by great mentors at RedHat, JBoss, and Bluestone. My college business scaled because I built a system for building personalized merchandise. I posted "Everyone Wants A Platform" on the Stuzo blog to talk more about platforms specific to the business.
Not in the Stuzo blog
My strengths have never been to focus on the word platform but rather understand what we are building and why. Getting to a platform is not a first objective, it has always been to first solve customer problems. Building the platform always provided me two things (a) automating repetition and (b) focus on building new things.